Work in Progress

12 weeks. January 24 – April 11, 2022. 6 -8 p.m. CST

Online through the Loft, live, via zoom.

Writing is a wonderful vocation, but the effort can be lonely. Come break the isolation! This class is for fiction writers who are looking for artistic camaraderie and would like feedback on a project. In the first six weeks, we’ll focus on craft: characterization, story versus plot, point of view, voice and dialogue, and world building. We’ll experiment with varied writing exercises that strengthen our craft and push us into new territory. We’ll read stories by Edwidge Danticat, James Baldwin, Lucia Berlin, Chekhov, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ha Jin. The last six weeks, we’ll discuss craft, revision and publishing, but primarily we’ll have constructive, craft-focused discussions of student work. Come prepared to write in class, read outside of class, engage in lively discussions, and have up to 25 pages of a work in progress, either short story or novel excerpt, read & commented on by the teaching artist and fellow writers. At the end of 12 weeks, participants will have honed their craft, received response to their work, and will have a clearer sense of how to move forward with their project.